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Sporting legends and Laureus Family celebrate 20 years of Laureus

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On this day 20 years ago, one of the most powerful speeches in sporting history was spoken on stage at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards. Standing alongside 24 of the world’s greatest living sporting legends, Laureus’ First Patron Nelson Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world.”

Mandela continued: “It has the power to inspire.  It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair.  It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.  It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

One of those on stage that evening was All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick. Today, Sean is Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy and over the past 20 years he has watched Mandela’s words being put into action through the work Laureus Sport for Good supports around the world.

Sean Fitzpatrick said: “I can vividly remember the evening of 25 May, 2000. Standing on stage at the very first Laureus Awards in Monaco and on walks the great man Nelson Mandela. His words that evening transcended sport. At the end of his speech, he announced the formation of the Laureus World Sports Academy and challenged us to use our platform and everything we learnt through sport to make a positive impact on young people around the world. As we enter our third decade, the role sport can play in society is as powerful as ever, and as an organisation, we are committed to continuing to live out Mandela’s legacy for the next twenty years and beyond.”

Five-time Laureus Award winner Serena Williams, who met Mandela at the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards, said: “Being there in the crowd when Nelson Mandela was addressing us, was a really great experience.  The words he said about sport, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, you can still be the best. What struck me most about Mr Mandela was the fact that he knew everything about me, and I’m thinking ‘no, I know everything about you! We just had an incredible conversation about things we wanted to do in the world, and it was a real changing point in my life.”

Four-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Novak Dokovic, said: “Nelson Mandela is one of those people that always brought the light. His strength to come out and fight for what is right is something that motivates and obviously inspires myself and every person on this planet.”

Tennis legend and Laureus Academy Member Boris Becker, said: “At the Laureus World Sports Awards 2000 in Monaco and a holiday in South Africa in 2007, I had the honour to meet Nelson Mandela. To shake hands with him was for me a very special moment. For us Laureus Academy Members it is an honour that a personality as he stood behind the idea of ​​Laureus and supported us as Patron.”

While Laureus’ 20th anniversary falls in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the need for the programmes Laureus supports is stronger than ever. Earlier this month, along with partners, Laureus Sport for Good launched the Sport for Good Response Fund to support organisations using sport to change the lives of young people around the world. The fund calls on the sport for development sector to unite in their efforts to support vulnerable children and young people who risk being left behind as the world reels from this unprecedented crisis.

Laureus Academy Member and Chairman of Laureus Sport for Good Edwin Moses, said: We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times, and while we had hoped to be celebrating the growth of Laureus Sport for Good over the past two decades, we have instead shifted our focus. Through the Sport for Good Response Fund, we are continuing to support our programmes during this crisis, making sure they are ready to use respond to the challenges in their communities once it is safe to do so.

“I’m sure if the great Nelson Mandela was here today, he would be proud of what we have achieved so far. I also know that he would encourage us to continue to work hard, continue giving back and using sport to change even more lives in future. And that’s exactly what we aim to do.

Today, on May 25, Laureus is coordinating a global campaign to mark these inspirational words of Mandela, celebrate the influential people who have supported Laureus throughout the years and shine a light on the transformative work that has been done over the last 20 years.

Over the last 20 years, Laureus Sport for Good has raised more than €150m for the Sport for Development sector, reaching and helping change the lives of almost 6 million children and young people since 2000. Laureus Sport for Good currently supports more than 200 programmes in over 40 countries that use the power of sport to transform lives.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sporting awards. First held in 2000, the annual event honours the greatest and most inspirational sporting triumphs of the year and showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good. Since 2000, the Laureus World Sports Awards has been held in Monaco, Lisbon, Estoril, Barcelona, St Petersburg, Abu Dhabi, London, Rio de Janeiro, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Berlin.

Laureus was founded in 2000 by Founding Patrons Richemont and Daimler and is currently supported by Global Partners Mercedes-Benz, IWC and MUFG.

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Hangout Music Festival Announces 2023 Lineup for the Ultimate Beach Vacation

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Hangout Music Festival has announced the soundtrack to your quintessential beach vacation on the majestic white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, May 19-21. Hangout is the ultimate kickoff to summer, a weekend defined by dancing in the sand with your best friends while listening to your favorite pop, dance, and rock artists at one of North America’s most beautiful beaches.

The legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers will set the tone for those looking to get after it on the beach. Pop-punk is alive and well at Hangout with Paramore leading the way supported by Mayday Parade and The Maine, and the various sub-genres of pop-rock, indie-rock and americana are well-represented with The Backseat Lovers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Noah Kahan, COIN and Alabama’s own The Vegabonds.

The present and future of pop and singer-songwriting will be waiting for you too. Prepare to get lost in the hypnotic R&B of SZA who is about to drop her long-awaited new album SOS, dance your heart out at Calvin Harris and Lil Nas X, swoon over brotherly indie trio AJR and the iconic Tove Lo, and find out what all the hype is about at Ashe, Stephen Sanchez, Jessie Murph, and Sabrina Carpenter.

Hip-hop comes proper to Hangout this year, with the festival rolling out the red carpet for A$AP Mob’s FERG, Australian rapper The Kid LAROI, the fiercely independent Russ, Baton Rouge’s Kevin Gates, and reigning queen of Memphis rap, GloRilla. Grammy-winning R&B bassist Thundercat rounds out the bill with his larger than life live spectacle.

Nothing tops a dance music throwdown with all of your best friends on the beach, and this year’s Hangout lineup is fully loaded. Leading the charge is Aussie export Flume and genre-bending producer Skrillex. Electronic anthems continue with larger than life dance icons REZZ and Alison Wonderland, while chiller strains can be found at Gryffin, Said The Sky, Big Wild and Two Feet. House heads can unite at John Summit, Dr. Fresch, Aluna and HoneyLuv.

With a nod to its southern roots, Hangout sprinkles in some country vibes too with Priscilla Block, MIKE., and Kidd G.

The Hangout experience has been carefully crafted over the past decade for you to hang loose. It’s the most anti-winter, adulting-be-damned, carefree getaway possible.

Those in the know will tell you that Hangout’s SUPER VIP offering is unlike any other festival. Exclusive offerings include stage side swimming pool, hot tubs, golf cart concierge between designated stages, gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs in an air-conditioned dining room and a premium open bar.

New for 2023, Hangout Beach Vacations make traveling to Alabama even easier with exclusive Beach Vacation Packages designed to make your festival experience as convenient as it is unforgettable. Grab your lodging and festival tickets together with the option to choose from a range of local hotels and condos, or build a custom experience with our travel team. You can even pick the Hangout House with the luxury of a condo with all the amenities of a hotel plus direct festival access, ocean views, self-service laundry and, of course, all the feels of watching a sunset performance from your balcony.

Hangout is more than just a festival, it’s the freedom of leaving it all behind you, kicking back with your best friends and listening to amazing music on the beach.

For Festival Tickets, Vacation Packages and More Visit:
https://www.hangoutmusicfest.com

2023 Lineup
Red Hot Chili Peppers
SZA
Calvin Harris
Paramore
Lil Nas X
Flume
Skrillex
The Kid LAROI
AJR
Alison Wonderland
The Backseat Lovers
FERG
Gryffin
John Summit
Kevin Gates
Noah Kahan
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
REZZ
Russ
Sabrina Carpenter
Ashe
Big Wild
COIN
GloRilla
Said The Sky
Thundercat
Tove Lo
Yung Gravy
Dr. Fresch
Jessie Murph
Kidd G
The Maine
Mariah The Scientist
Mayday Parade
Mike.
Priscilla Block
Stephen Sanchez
Two Feet
The 502s
A Hundred Drums
Aluna
Beach Weather
Charlotte Sands
Elohim
Flipturn
Gashi
HoneyLuv
Jordana
Moore Kismet
Night Tales
Nostalgix
Ranger Trucco
Sam Fischer
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The Vegabonds
Wenzday

Ticket Tier Details

GA

  • Admission to Hangout 2023 + all GA areas, amenities and activities
  • Re-entry all weekend long
  • Beach and swimming access to designated beach clubs
  • Tons of food & beverage vendors, beach activities and sponsored areas

GA PLUS

  • Tickets include all the perks of GA with the below amenities added
  • Access to GA PLUS Grove with private air-conditioned restrooms, premium food offerings, and shaded areas to relax
  • Priority GA PLUS entrances at all festival gates

VIP

  • Tickets include all the perks of GA with the below amenities added
  • Up-front viewing at all main stages with complimentary drinks
  • Access to VIP Grove with complimentary premium cocktails, beer, wine & daily buffet
  • Access to stage side pools at Hangout Main Stage
  • Private air-conditioned restrooms
  • Priority VIP entrances

SUPER VIP

  • Tickets include all the perks of GA with the below amenities added
  • Up-front viewing at all main stages with complimentary drinks
  • Access to VIP Grove with complimentary premium cocktails, beer, wine & daily buffet
  • Access to SUPER VIP Deck with elevated view of Hangout Main Stage, shaded seating, premium cocktails & hot tubs
  • Access to stage side pools at Hangout Main Stage
  • Golf cart shuttles between designated stages
  • Complimentary gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs in the air-conditioned SUPER VIP Dining room
  • Private air-conditioned restrooms
  • Priority VIP entrances

About Hangout Music Festival
To put it simply, Hangout Music Festival is a beach vacation for music fans. Located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the award-winning festival is the ultimate kickoff to summer and features the top artists of the moment in a picturesque setting that includes seaside beach clubs, a full-size roller rink, stage side swimming pools, hammocks by the water, delicious food, luxury VIP options, and more. The festival is just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports and offers an array of lodging packages including beachfront suites overlooking the festival, villas, and hotel options. Hangout has been named Pollstar’s “Music Festival of the Year” and is continuously recognized as one of the best festivals in the US while adding over $40 million into the local economy each year.

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